Published: June 15, 2018
“Health-risk behaviors contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and adults in the United States. In addition, significant health disparities exist among demographic subgroups of youth defined by sex, race/ethnicity, and grade in school and between sexual minority and nonsexual minority youth. Population-based data on the most important health-related behaviors at the national, state, and local levels can be used to help monitor the effectiveness of public health interventions designed to protect and promote the health of youth at the national, state, and local levels.
This report summarizes results from the 2017 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), including 121 health-related behaviors and obesity, overweight, and asthma. Specifically, this report provides the latest update on the prevalence of health-related behaviors among United States high school students by demographic subgroups (i.e., sex, race/ethnicity, and grade) and by sexual minority status, updates the numbers of sexual minority students nationwide, and describes overall trends in health-related behaviors during 1991–2017. Results by sex and sexual minority status (where available) from the 39 state and 21 large urban school district surveys with weighted data for the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) cycle also are included in this report. Data from seven state surveys with unweighted data are not included. Among those sites with weighted data for 2017, three state and two large urban school district surveys were conducted during fall 2016; the national survey, 33 state, and 18 large urban school district surveys were conducted during spring 2017; and three state and one large urban school district surveys were conducted during fall 2017. Results from 30 state and all 21 large urban school district surveys that asked at least one of the questions to ascertain sexual minority status and had weighted data for the 2017 YRBSS cycle also are included in this report.”